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Duke of York Glory For Society Rock
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15.15 at YRKG2 Duke of York Clipper Logistics S.  [6f (T)]Winner: Society Rock (Ire), h, 6 by Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire)
Society Rock (far side)
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  Admirably consistent since his juvenile days when he won Newmarket’s £250000 Tattersalls Timeform Millions Sprint, Society Rock (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire})’s prolonged stay in the big league owes much to the handling of him by ace sprinter-trainer James Fanshawe. Finding only Starspangledbanner (Aus) (Choisir {Aus}) ahead of him on his first try at Group 1 level in the 2010 Golden Jubilee, the bay returned to Royal Ascot 12 months later to annex that same prize and earn a deserved first tally at the top level. Runner-up in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville two months after that, he developed the unfortunate habit in this category of missing the kick due to fear of the stalls and only began to find his feet again when a strong-finishing third in this test 12 months ago. Again dwelling in the gates when fifth behind Black Caviar (Aus) (Bel Esprit {Aus}) in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot, he was better at the start when third in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket, and it all came back together when he bested Gordon Lord Byron (Ire) (Byron {GB}) in the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup in September. Fifth behind Maarek (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) in the G2 British Champions Sprint S. at Ascot the following month, he was forced--like that rival and his Haydock conqueror--to race under a penalty here, but shrugged off that disadvantage to prevail in a thrilling finale. Breaking almost on terms, he raced towards the rear early as the pace proved hot up front and was coaxed into the thick of the fight passing halfway. Leading approaching the furlong marker, he gave everything he had for Kieren Fallon to hold Lethal Force in a pulsating drive to the line with Gordon Lord Byron putting up a creditable display while racing away from the main action on the far side. "He was very unlucky not to win here last year, and things went wrong for me again today, as I couldn’t get too much cover and I got there too soon," Fallon said. "He was going to be as good as gold in the stalls, but his shoulder hit the sidebar and that spooked him. He was good in there and other than that, he would have been fine." Fanshawe told PA Sport, "I always hold my breath when he’s in the stalls, because he lost his chance at Royal Ascot last year, and it’s half the battle with him. He’s done a lot of work at home, and he’s going to be an exciting horse this season. He likes Ascot and the [June 22] G1 Diamond Jubilee S. will be his next race."

Wednesday, York, Britain
DUKE OF YORK CLIPPER LOGISTICS S.-G2, £100,000, York, 5-15, 3yo/up, 6fT, 1:11.44, gd/sf.
1--SOCIETY ROCK (IRE), 139, h, 6, by Rock of Gibraltar (Ire)
1st Dam: High Society (Ire) (SW & MGSP-US, SW & GSP-Ire, $171,309), by Key of Luck
2nd Dam: Ela’s Gold (Ire), by Ela-Mana-Mou (Ire)
3rd Dam: Majestic’s Gold (Ire), by Rheingold (GB)
(75,000gns yrl ‘08 TATOCT). O-Simon Gibson; B-San Gabriel Investments; T-James Fanshawe; J-Kieren Fallon; £60,481. Lifetime Record: MG1SW-Eng & G1SP-Fr, 21-6-4-2, £828,731. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Lethal Force (Ire), 134, c, 4, Dark Angel (Ire)--Land Army (Ire), by Desert Style (Ire). (€9,500 wnlg ‘09 GOFNOV; €8,500 yrl ‘10 TATIRE). O-Alan G Craddock; B-Declan Johnson; T-Clive Cox; £22,930.
3--Gordon Lord Byron (Ire), 139, g, 5, Byron (GB)--Boa Estrela (Ire), by Intikhab. (€2,000 wnlg ‘08 GOFNOV; €5,000 yrl ‘09 GOFOCT). O-Dr Cyrus Poonawalla & Morgan J Cahalan; B-Roland H Alder; T-Tom Hogan; £11,476.
Margins: HD, 1 1/4, NO. Odds: 10-1, 16-1, 7-1.
Also Ran: Hawkeyethenoo (Ire), Maarek (GB), Jack Dexter (GB), Swiss Spirit (GB), Bogart (GB), Tickled Pink (Ire), Mince (GB), Sirius Prospect, Ladies Are Forever (GB), Face the Problem (Ire), Royal Rascal (GB), The Cheka (Ire), Angels Will Fall (Ire), Tiddliwinks (GB). Scratched: Jimmy Styles (GB).
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